For IP professionals
This is the portal for professionals working in the field of intellectual property. Here you'll find direct access to all necessary resources.
- Trade Mark Database
- Register changes for trade marks
- Madrid Monitor
- International trade mark registration
- Trade Mark Guidelines (German, French, Italian)
- Classification tool for trade marks
- Trade mark examination support tool
- Trade marks: Costs and fees
- Trade marks: WIPO fee calculator
- Cancellation procedure for trade marks on the grounds of non-use
- Protected public signs: Abbreviations
- Protected public signs: Other signs (emblems)
- Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
- Trade marks: News Service Archive
- Patents: Patent Examination Guidelines (German, French)
- Patents: Fees
Internet of things (IoT)
The internet of things (IoT) includes all technologies that link real objects with one other using communication technology and data exchange, which in turn enables access to the said objects. For example, the IoT includes the ‘smart’ refrigerator, which notifies the owner when they are running low on milk, for instance; or wearables, which are sensors sewn into clothing that change the song playing on your smartphone when you move your arm.
As a result, the IoT integrates a multitude of technologies – some of which are patented – into simple objects (in a ‘smart’ refrigerator, for example, sensors for measuring the milk level, sensors for monitoring whether the refrigerator door is closed, and technology for connecting them to a smartphone). This makes it difficult to estimate how many licences are needed for the use of an IoT application, to whom the licencing fees must be paid, and how high these fees should be. To simplify this task, which can be highly complex in individual cases, new mechanisms are needed to efficiently pay the royalties to the respective holders.
09.02.2023 | Patents
“A competitor wanted to intimidate us”
19.01.2023 | Law and policy, Event
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"